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How I achieved optimum health after a lifetime of suffering
by Shirley Lipschutz-Robinson © 2002
I was once a victim of the never-ending flow of propaganda from the medical
establishment (which I think of as the "disease" establishment because they
focus on disease rather than on prevention and wellness) who wants to
maintain a monopoly on the word "cure" and who wants us to believe that we
have no control over our own health and that our only hope to get "well" is
with drugs, surgery and radiation. Below is my account about how I achieved
optimum health without drugs, surgery or radiation. "First do no harm..."
I can't remember a time in my life, prior to 1982, when I wasn't struggling
with failing health. I was overweight (185 lbs), suffered from chronic
fatigue and my health was steadily going down the drain. For years I had
been a "junkie"--addicted to prescription and over the counter drugs. I
used corticosteroids for eczema/psoriasis, antibiotics for recurring throat
and breast infections. I also used nasal decongestions for chronic sinus
congestion, and other drugs for chronic backaches and other health
problems. Unfortunately, instead of generating a cure, the medications
(including a course of nine months of antibiotics) merely temporarily
suppressed my symptoms, weakened my immune system, and in the long run made
me sicker. (side effects of corticosteroids) In 1982 my doctor told me that
I had to have a mastectomy because my body was no longer responding to
medication. But I was determined to not let them cut off my breast. I had
had enough of orthodox medicine; I knew I had to change direction to
improve my overall health and vitality.
A light at the end of the tunnel
I visited a naturopathic doctor who explained to me that the combination of
an unhealthy diet and the huge number of allopathic medications I had taken
for years, had caused toxins to accumulate in my blood, lymph, and tissues,
resulting in toxemia. These toxins contributed greatly to my weak immune
system and rendered me more susceptible to stress, fatigue, and chronic
disease. The naturopathic doctor pointed out that I had to radically change
my diet if there was any hope for improving my miserable health. The
naturopath (who was also a homeopath ) made me switch my diet from SAD (an
acronym for "Standard American Diet") to a wholesome diet of fresh,
organically grown fruits, vegetables, and nuts, mostly in their raw form.
In time, I learned to prepare delicious and nutritious meals made entirely
of RAW foods and I never felt deprived or hungry. I cut the starchy stuff
like grains, rice, pasta, and breads nearly completely out of my diet and
at the time I totally eliminated meat and dairy products. I then began
The results of the diet change and homeopathic treatment were dramatic. In
6 weeks, the lumps in my breast were completely gone. In 12 weeks I had
lost 60 pounds effortlessly (and never had to struggle again to keep my
weight down) and my energy level and stamina improved dramatically. I was
able to function better overall. I became calmer, centered and focused, and
generally I felt happier. My overall resistance to infections became
excellent, and I'm proud to say that in the past 20 years I have not had a
cold, flu, ear, throat, sinus or breast infection or any other infections.
I was amazed that even my debilitating back pains responded to the
homeopathic treatment and the change of diet.
Years later, after I had fully recovered my health, I reintroduced very
small amounts of animal products into my diet. I do my best to always eat
foods in their natural raw form. When I steam or stir fry, I do it only to
slightly wilt and warm up the food, leaving it crunchy and still partially
raw. I also learned, that contrary to popular belief, healthy oils such as
flaxoil, olive oil, grapeseed oil and coconut oil can help control my
weight and improve my health.. When I eat animal products, I try to always
eat it in a raw form: smoked or salt-cured meats or fishes, soft egg yolks,
and raw butter and cheese made from unpasteurized cow or goat milk from
organic farms. I leave the highly refined, rapidly absorbable
carbohydrates alone, and I mean cane and beet sugar in all forms and
guises, all cereal flours which means breads, pies, cakes, spaghetti,
macaroni, etc., all refined cereal products such as cold and hot breakfast
cereals, the quickly absorbable carbohydrate vegetables, potatoes, corn,
and rice, and all sweet soft drinks. If I overeat on the fish, meat or
dairy foods, or if I eat the wrong foods like starch, or cooked food, I
suffer the consequences fairly rapidly in the form of clogged sinuses,
nasal discharges, poor sleep, nervousness, irritability, and low energy. To
me, that punishment is not worth the brief moment of pleasure for my taste
buds. I never microwave anything and I never use the following in my diet:
sugar free products, canola oil, and soy products. *
Over the years, my health and resistance to disease continued to improve
and in time I also experienced a complete recovery from my life long
chronic eczema and from the devastating side effects of the steroid's
immune suppressive effects. I was so impressed with the improvement of my
overall health that in the privacy of my home I began to study homeopathy ,
uropathy (urine therapy) the healing power of living (raw) foods, Natural
Hygiene, Chinese medicine and tonic herbs. I read hundreds of medical case
histories with "miraculous" recoveries or cures after patients switched
from allopathic to holistic programs and from cooked food to RAW food. A
few years later I also discovered the fantastic healing power of bentonite
and pascalite clay, fulvic minerals & shilajit, wheatgrass/cilantro juice,
organic Sea Salt , and catalyst altered water.
I learned to care for myself, my family and my pets with homeopathy and
herbal remedies instead of rushing off for a consultation with an MD or a
veterinarian for minor injuries or sickness, knowing that the MD or
veterinarian would probably just push antibiotics, anti-inflammatory drugs,
or expensive medical tests. Occasionally, if needed, I would also get
acupuncture or chiropractic treatments with fantastic results. In the
nineties, I came down with the shingles, a very painful nerve disease with
skin eruption which can leave a person debilitated and in excruciating pain
for the rest of his/her life. I didn't see a physician, a dermatologist or
a neurologist. Instead, I took mega doses of vitamin B complex and other
vitamins, homeopathic remedies and herbal extracts, and went to see my
Chinese acupuncturist. Within a week all pain and symptoms of the disease
had vanished. (my testimonial about healing shingles:
On August 6, 1999, I discovered by accident a non-painful lump the size of
an olive, in my right breast. I did not rush to a doctor for medical advice
or to test for malignancy. Instead I began self help with homeopathic and
herbal treatments at home: I took the herbal remedies HOXEY FORMULA, Essiac
TEA, and CAT'S CLAW. I also took the homeopathic remedies PHYTOLACCA and
CARBO ANIMALIS. I continued to strictly adhere to my RAW food diet,
flaxoil, and increased my carrot, parsley and wheatgrass juice intake.
On August 11, (5 days later) my lump had shrunk to 1/2 its size and by
August 23, the lump was completely gone, reabsorbed by my body and has not
returned to this day.
I have experienced miraculous relief from paralyzing pains of sciatica
attacks with castor oil packs and with magnetic therapy. I do the castor
oil packs on the right side of my abdomen over the liver area for about a
couple of hours several times a week. I secure the flexible magnets on the
various pain areas on my back and along my thigh and leg. These are very
simple and powerful healing modalities.
To this day, the foundation of my good health and strong vitality is
maintained with the following on a daily basis: 6 to 8 ounces of
combination of green juice: wheatgrass, cilantro, parsley and bitter melon
vines when available in the summer. (I grow my own wheatgrass in my
apartment, in flats by the window). I drink pure water with clay and liquid
fulvic minerals; I supplement my diet with plenty of cold pressed flax
seed oil (linseed oil), sesame oil and evening primrose oil, extra virgin
olive oil, seaweed, bee pollen, shilajit (an ayurvedic remedy) and I
maintain primarily a raw food diet (organically grown food). I take
plenty of rest, I exercise daily by doing yoga and taking long walks in the
hills and I sunbathe almost everyday for an hour (without sunscreen lotion)
in our magnificent Southern California climate.
(Contrary to popular opinion the sun is important to maintain health:
I do not subject my body to routine physicals, or medical tests
(mammography, pap smear, etc). I'm 54 years old and I have consciously
avoided medical doctors, their tests, their drugs and their vaccines for
over 20 years and I vow to stay out of their paths for as long as I live.
(I do have the highest respect for dentists and for surgeons who can
perform miracles in patching up a body and save lives in trauma situations).
The drug companies in 1998 spent 6.2 billion dollars to influence the
American public toward believing that putting poison into our bodies is
O.K." Recent articles in the prestigious Journal of the American Medical
Association acknowledge that adverse reactions to doctor prescribed drugs
and medical mistakes are the third highest cause of deaths in America today.
I'm rarely ill anymore, but if/when I do become sick with an minor acute
sickness, my favored healing method is simple: I take homeopathic and/or
herbal remedies, I fast on water and rest in bed for a few days. When given
complete rest (physically as in resting, physiologically as in fasting) the
body can direct all its energy toward repairing itself. Our bodies have the
supreme intelligence to KNOW how to do a fantastic repair job, as long as
it is not being poisoned with drugs and bad food and as long as it is given
all the rest it needs and the opportunity to detoxify itself. (A god source
of information about natural self healing is CureZone.com)
"The medical establishment works closely with the drug multinationals whose
main objective is profits, and whose worst nightmare would be an epidemic
of good health. Lots of drugs MUST be sold. In order to achieve this,
anything goes: lies, fraud, and kickbacks. Doctors are the principal
salespeople of the drug companies. They are rewarded with research grants,
gifts, and lavish perks. The principal buyers are the public - from infants
to the elderly - who MUST be thoroughly medicated and vaccinated...at any
cost! Why do the authorities forbid alternative medicine? Because they are
serving the industry, and the industry cannot make money with herbs,
vitamins, and homeopathy. They cannot patent natural remedies. That is why
they push synthetics. They control medicine, and that is why they are able
to tell medical schools what they can and cannot teach." Guylaine Lanctot, M.D
In the next newsletter, you'll also find accounts of my personal
experiences in healing my husband of cancer and saving his life when he
experienced a severe heart attack (myocardial infarction) with homeopathy,
herbal remedies, raw food and raw vegetable juice and other natural means
which is direct contrast to the usual non-involvement in the
physician-directed, disease-oriented medical practice of today. In 1990,
the vet suggested that euthanize my 2 year old German Shepherd dog because
"nothing could be done to stop her suffering and to cure her". Years later
she remains the perfect picture of health and vitality. (Learn how I used
holistic methods of healing to save her life.
I'm extremely grateful for all the good things in my life; to my husband
for his loving support during very hard times of chronic sickness and
suffering, and to all the holistic doctors and writers who helped me to
recover my health. To say thank you and to give back to the universe I have
created my website, Shirley's Wellness Cafe: holistic health for people and
animals in the hope that it will help others and their animals in their
journey to achieve better health naturally.
* Why I never microwave anything and I never use the following in my diet:
sugar free products, canola oil, and soy products.
MICROWAVE: Recent research shows that microwave oven cooked food suffers
severe molecular damage. When eaten, it causes abnormal changes in human
blood and immune systems. Not surprisingly the public has been denied
details on these significant health dangers.
SOY PRODUCTS: Contrary to popular belief that soy is a health food,
evidence reveals that soy consumption has been linked to numerous
disorders, including infertility, increased cancer and infantile leukemia,
Type1 diabetes, and precocious puberty in children have been fed soy
formula. (early maturation, such as breast development and menstruation as
early as 6 years of age). Scientists have known for years that the
isoflavones in soy products can depress thyroid function and cause goiters
in otherwise healthy children and adults. A combined research team of
Cornell University Medical College and Long Island Community Hospital
medical experts have found that children who develop Type1 diabetes are
twice as likely to have been fed soy formulas as those fed all other foods
This confirms concerns based on animal studies raised in the 1980's and
1990s by Health Canada researcher Dr Fraser Scott and led to the American
Academy of Pediatrics issuing their warning to pediatricians against any
use of soy based formulas.
SUGAR FREE PRODUCTS: According to researchers and physicians studying the
adverse effects of Aspartame (Aspartame is the technical name for the brand
names, NutraSweet, Equal, Spoonful, and Equal-Measure.), the following
chronic illnesses can be triggered or worsened by ingesting of aspartame:
Brain tumors, multiple sclerosis, epilepsy, chronic fatigue syndrome,
parkinson's disease, alzheimer's, mental retardation, lymphoma, birth
defects, fibromyalgia, and diabetes.
CANOLA OIL: Canola oil from the rape seed, referred to as the Canadian oil
because Canada is mainly responsible for it being marketed in the USA The
Canadian government and industry paid our Federal Food and Drug
Administration (FDA). $50 million dollars to have canola oil placed on the
(GRAS) List "Generally Recognized As Safe". Thus a new industry was
created. Laws were enacted affecting international trade, commerce, and
traditional diets. Studies with lab. animals were disastrous. Rats
developed fatty degeneration of heart, kidney, adrenals, and thyroid gland.
When canola oil was withdrawn from their diets, the deposits dissolved but
scar tissue remained on all vital organs. No studies on humans were made
before money was spent to promote Canola oil in the USA.(visit
http://www.shirleys-wellness-cafe.com/alert.htm for more consumer alert
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- Re: 10: How I achieved optimum health after a lifetime of suffering by #164518
CFS - Winning My Battle Against Toxins, Illness & the Medical Establishment
by Judith Lopez
In the mid-1980s, reports of a strange new malady began to circulate in the media. It was jokingly called “yuppie flu,” but it was no joke to the victims. Previously healthy, energetic people, mostly young women, found themselves afflicted with a bewildering array of symptoms, the worst of which was a crushing, relentless exhaustion. People who once pursued demanding careers couldn’t go to work or take care of ordinary household chores. In many cases they couldn’t get to the bathroom without collapsing en route. Their cognitive abilities were impaired, their joints ached, they developed neurological problems and disabling allergies.
In some people the illness came on gradually. Others could pinpoint the exact day that their lives fell apart, as if a thunderbolt had struck and left them for dead. A few of the victims made slow recoveries, although relapses were frequent and unpredictable. Many remained completely disabled; their lives seemed effectively over. What was wrong with these devastatingly ill patients? No one could give an answer.
I followed these reports with great interest, for I had fallen prey to this bizarre syndrome more than a decade earlier. My case was the sudden-onset type. From that day on, normal life was no more than a memory for me. Although I initially had periods of remission, they were no more than temporary excursions into the land of the well. Sooner or later the crash came, and I found myself back in the world I really inhabited, the shadowy realm of the sick. I learned not to hope for too much during my bouts of health, for such hope made the inevitable relapse all the more painful.
I saw many doctors. Some were impatient, some were hostile. One laughed at me. None believed me.
Eventually the thing I most dreaded came about. I experienced one final, terrifying crash, one that kept me bedridden for years. Recovery seemed the remotest sort of fantasy.
If I’d been able to draw a self-portrait at that time, the picture would have shown me imprisoned in a box – a box of pain and loneliness from which I peered out longingly at the world that I had lost. For “loss” is the best description of this illness, loss is what gives the condition its particular horror. It attacks young, vibrant people, often those who are just beginning to realize their ambitions and dreams, and strips them of every facet of their identity. Marriages are torn apart, careers evaporate, friends drift away, the body becomes an implacable enemy. “Of all the things I’ve lost,” one victim mourns, “I miss my mind the most.” Worst of all, the medical world just shrugs and turns away. The sufferers cannot “prove” that they are ill.
As time passed, I learned that I was not alone in my box. There were others, and their numbers were increasing. By the 1980s their cries for help forced the medical world to give the phenomenon some kind of label. My first diagnosis was “neurasthenic,” a polite Victorian word for “hypochondriac.” Then (with a prompt from the media) came “yuppie flu,” and finally “chronic fatigue syndrome” – both terms of thinly veiled contempt. Perhaps it was this contempt that fired my determination to survive. I wasn’t going to let “them” – the derisive media, the dismissive doctors – win this battle. There was too much at stake.
Almost from the beginning I felt certain that my illness was caused by a damaged immune capacity. It couldn’t be contagious, for no one ever caught it from me. It struck mostly women, and did so in a random fashion, not the usual behavior of a pathogen. But why would the immune system suddenly collapse? And why was this happening to so many young, once-healthy people? The answer is not to be found in the examining rooms and laboratories of conventional medicine.
Modern, technically advanced medicine has done a great deal of good. But medicine is not a science. Rather, it resembles a belief system, a kind of church, with doctors as its priests. Like any such institution, it is conservative and resists change. It does not enjoy having its basic creeds challenged and is likely to brand the challengers as heretics.
Yet changes in beliefs do, and must, occur. Old theories become untenable and are cast away to make room for the new. The problem is that the new tenets, in turn, become dogma as firmly entrenched as the old. The cycle then begins all over again. As Goethe said, “The world only goes forward because of those who oppose it.”
In the nineteenth century Pasteur opposed the orthodox medicine of his day when he showed that certain diseases were communicable and were transmitted via pathogenic microbes. It was difficult for his contemporaries to believe that these tiny invisible organisms could wreak such havoc on the human body. When eventually they accepted the obvious, a totally new theory of medicine was put into place. In their enthusiasm, doctors went to the extreme and created the dogma that all diseases were caused by microbes. To a certain degree, this is the medical paradigm that we live with today.
But Pasteur himself had his challenger. Another Frenchman, Bechamp, insisted that the ultimate determiner of illness was not the microbe but the body’s ability to resist it. He did not, of course, speak of the immune system as such. But his message was clear: the terrain, not the invader, was what mattered. Disease was the result – not the initial cause – of a damaged terrain.
Pasteur seemed to be the winner of this historic battle, and Bechamp passed into obscurity. But today their dispute is more relevant than ever. The bodily terrain of twenty-first century people is being damaged, and Pasteur’s microbes are not to blame. Our immune systems are under siege; conventional medicine can only deal with the problem by denying it. The sufferers stagger along from doctor to doctor, seeking answers. They encounter the guardians of the old dogma, the descendants of Pasteur, who can give them none.
In the midst of this dilemma, new insights are being born, challenging the hegemony of the old germ theory. More and more evidence shows that immune dysfunction is being caused by exposure to toxic substances in our environment. Ironically, these very substances were supposed to make our lives healthier, happier, and easier. Our internal terrain is collapsing under their impact.
Not until I came across the work of such pioneering doctors as C. Orian Truss, William G. Crook, and Carol Jessop did I realize the role of toxic substances in this devastating illness. When the full story of immune dysfunction illness is known, there will doubtless be a range of contributing factors, such as poverty and malnutrition in third-world countries. But in industrialized societies, the overriding cause, the trigger that fires the bullet, will be the inescapable, ever-increasing toxic assaults of everyday life.
A sad joke is told by the victims of this illness: The good news is, it won’t kill you. The bad news is, it won’t kill you. But the truth is that if it continues long enough, it can in fact be fatal. I was more dead than alive and weighed less than 80 pounds, hardly able to move my body, when I came under the care of the doctor who understood my illness and saved my life when the task seemed all but impossible. Under the guidance of Dr. Marinkovich I was able to take the first tentative steps out of my box, re-entering at last the world that I had lost.
There I encountered many people with symptoms similar to mine. I met an accountant who became weak and ill every time she worked in her office. A gardener who could no longer handle the sprays and fertilizers that were the tools of his trade without collapsing. A flight attendant whose exhaustion was so disabling that she could only work the shortest domestic flights and those only when she was having a “good” day. I read about a young man, full of promise, who endured five years of the illness and then, in despair, hung himself from a tree behind his grandmother’s house.
And yet, in the face of all this very real suffering, influential members of the medical profession still insist that our illness is only imaginary – the product of some sort of mass delusion. But it is they, and not we, who are denying reality.
I wrote a book"Immune Dysfunction; Winning My Battle Against Toxins, Illness & the Medical Establishment"
You can read 25 pages from my book on CureZone web site:
You must read this book if
you have unexplained medical problems such as debilitating fatigue and pain
you can't think clearly because of brain fog
your doctor implies that it's all in your head
you want help and inspiration to find the cause and a solution
you care about someone who has these problems
you want to learn about health
you simply want to read a good story
I wrote this book for those who are ill, and ill-served by the medical establishment. I hope my story will make a difference.
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- Re: 10: How I achieved optimum health after a lifetime of suffering by #162071
Good article and has a lot of merit. I know from experience having practised many of these principles. Don't expect the medical profession to have that magic cure - you have to help yourself in healing and regaining wellness.
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- Re: Suffering from Connective Tissue Disease by #163115
Please I have been diagnosed as having the above desease at the Teaching Hospital. Sometimes I get really free from it, but some time it can be very terrible since some of my joints are often affected especially at the chest. I eat very well but it can be so disturbing that I sometimes find it difficult to sit for too long. I have been placed on some drugs recently but like and some of them are Paludrine, Paracetamol, vitamin C and Preduosolon. I have even asked the Doctor if there is anything I could do to stop the pain or since my body may be reacting to somethings that I do or eat. She said it has to do with feminine and that it is a continous thing that I have to be treating whenever it happens. Based on this I decided to search the internet to see if there are alternatives.
Please Doctor, I want to be relieved of this ailment, It can be very embarrassing and disturbing. Kindly tell me what to do.
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- Re: Suffering from Connective Tissue Disease by Jerry
I believe glyconutritionals have likely prolonged my comfort and life. There are many web sites. I would suggest you start with glycoscience.com. One must do his/her own research to feel comfortable with this new science. I will answer questions based on my knowledge and experience,although I am not a health professional.
Sharing always opens new avenues of thinking.
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- Re: Suffering from Connective Tissue Disease by #161995
I also have been diagnosed with connective tissue disease. Sometimes the pain is very bad. Please, please tell me if you've found ANYTHING that helps.
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- Re: 10: How I achieved optimum health after a lifetime of suffering by Lapis
Thank you for sharing your convictions in this forum. I agree with you 100%. I also came to this knowledge on my own having been diagnosed with multiple chemical sensitivities. It is a pleasure to know that there are people like you spreading the real truth about health.
PS Some very interesting reading as to why the medical profession is perpetuating this model of disease can be found in author Leonard Horowitz's Books. Do a search on his name and it will lead you to much politiacl insight.
At the very least it will verify what you already know to be true. Follow the money!
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- Re: 10: How I achieved optimum health after a lifetime of suffering by sooney
When using raw goat or cow milk how do you clean it for babies. I know thats sounds crazy. If someone could tell me how to sterilize the milk tell me. Will this kill the ezymes?
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- I recieved a bone marrow transplant june of 08. leaukemia is back by 26ruth
I have been reading there are no incurable diseases. I have been given 4-6 weeks to life. doctors can do no more. Any suggetions?
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